Last year, Amelia Gray Hamlin opened up about her battle with an eating disorder in the hopes that her story might help others. Last night's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills inspired Lisa Rinna's daughter to share more about her recovery from anorexia.
Amelia took to Instagram Stories to give more context about the family picnic scene viewers watched on last night's episode. "During that time, one year ago - I was not in a good place at all," she wrote. "I may have looked like I was recovered, but I was definitely not. Within the scene you will see me lashing out due to my fear of food. The person displayed in tonight's episode is not the person I am. It was the person anorexia made me. I hope you guys can take this and relate to it."
She continued, saying: "I'm sure I'm going to get thousands of horrible comments in regards to how rude I was to my father. I just wanted everyone to know why I acted out the way that I did. I was a vegetarian because I was AFRAID of eating meat. If you watch it you'll understand."
Amelia says that it's not easy to relive those moments but she says: "I'm just hoping this experience will make me stronger and appreciate how amazing it truly feels to be 100% RECOVERED and HAPPY!!!!!"
Amelia's heartfelt discussion on eating disorders didn't end there. After someone told Amelia on Instagram that she doesn't "look anorexic," the model shared some raw, real photos that illustrated a very important point: anorexia can look many different ways. "Sadly I feel the need to remind people what anorexia looks like. And there is not just one type," Amelia shared.
"In both photos I was struggling equally as much as the other. Please understand the illness before speaking on it," she wrote.
We're so glad Amelia is doing well and helping shed light on stereotypes about eating disorders. She's even inspiring others with a body positivity challenge this summer.
"Making a promise to myself to be 100% natural this summer," she just wrote in a lovely fresh-faced selfie. "Growing out my eyebrows, not covering my eye bags, wearing little to no makeup at all, and most importantly, ACCEPTING ME FOR ME!!!! Do it with me!!!"
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